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Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 14

Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.

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After George Lazenby portrayed James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sean Connery returned to the tux, gimmicks, and catchphrases of Secret Agent 007 in his penultimate Bond outing, Diamonds Are Forever. Fragments of Ian Fleming's original 1954 novel remain, including the characters of the alluring Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) and fey hitmen Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith). The remainder of Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz's script diverges dramatically from the novel,

Oct 17, 2000

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (14) | DVD (18)

Bond looks better than ever, partly because Sean Connery has returned to play him.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Diamonds Are Forever doesn't carry the same quality or flair as its many predecessors.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Assorted ladies, a few quick lines, and one good chase, making for a mediocre entry in the series.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A wry and exhilarating bit of entertainment.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie's momentum is such that one never has much time to react to its lack of reason, only to its sensations of speed and narrow escape, and to the splendor of its crazy gadgets and décor.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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We see different movies for different reasons, and Diamonds Are Forever is great at doing the things we see a James Bond movie for.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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After an hiatus, Sean Connery was lured back to the series with a huge paycheck but the end result is decidedly a mediocre feature.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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After struggling with a few films to find the right vibe and tone for a Bond film, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER finds a nice balance that would work for a while.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Thanks to the clarity and cut of past 007 films, Sean Connery will sparkle forever. But with a dearth of action and only a fat paycheck as motivation, "Diamonds" feels less like a triumphant return and more like a cheesed-up cabaret version of Bond.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Makes the disastrous, franchise-altering decision to underscore how fusty Bond is by diving right into campines.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The clumsily executed climax reduces the quality of the film considerably.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Next door to glass, but aided by the return of Connery.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Connery has a ball with great stunts, snappy dialogue and a bevy of typically Bondish beauties.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Fairly forgetable addition to the 007 series, bringing Connery's tenure to a unsatisfying close.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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The funniest Bond movie

February 7, 2008

A gentle burlesque of the story elements established by the first six entries ...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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Le premier faux pas d'une série culte qui ne sera malheureusement pas le dernier.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

More than a little bit embarassing.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
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30 years later, Connery is STILL Bond!

November 2, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

The worst of the Connery Bond films.

September 21, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Diamonds Are Forever

this film is full of many iconic bond moments. it's interesting and fun, lends important ideas to the bond mythology. however, the film is also one of the more flawed bond films. plot points are dropped with no explanation, the action is a bit too hokey at points, and even some of the character usage misses the mark.
January 18, 2013
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Connery's final appearance in the Bond role (excluding Never Say Never Again) is the most entertaining entry in the series since Thunderball and at least gives the series back a little bit of the swagger it lost after the bland and unforgettable turn by Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The movie is just as ridiculous and cheesy as You Only Live Twice (my choice for the worst of the Connery era), but offers up more enjoyable action sequences. The story is about the same quality as You Only Live Twice and it is a little sad that despite pulling most of the team responsible for Goldfinger, that they couldn't duplicate that success and give Connery a great way to close the series, but Diamonds are Forever is at least a decent ending for Connery and does everything you expect in the Bond formula at the time reasonably well. Jill St. John was absolutely awful though, and the worst Bond girl up to this point.
November 9, 2012
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Back in action, "Diamonds Are Forever" showcases Sean Connery in his last Bond role, and although it is not among his best, it is definitely an entertaining ride. With clever dialogue and a fast-paced story, this film works in every way. The visuals are improving, the story is great, and the classiness is still intact. What I loved about this movie is the fact that even though the villains became full of themselves and the "precious artifacts" were stolen far too many times, the seriousness is building up for the franchise. "Diamonds are Forever" is a great return to form for the franchise!
October 30, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Sean Connery returns with a vengeance in the start of this adrenaline-pumping action film after the evens of On Her Majesty`s secret service. It starts off fast and dose not let up for an instant. It explodes with heart-pounding action sequences, riveting suspense and sharp humor at every corner and proves to be a more than thrilling and fun movie It starts off as a vendetta at the beginning but then finds its own legs and gets into the swing of things nicely and its always great to see Connery back as Bond.
October 30, 2012
allan913

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    1. James Bond: That's quite a nice little nothing you're almost wearing. I approve.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (2 months ago)
    1. James Bond: Welcome to Hell, Blofeld.
    – Submitted by Michael B (15 months ago)
    1. Tiffany Case: I'll finish dressing.
    2. James Bond: Oh, please don't. Not on my account!
    – Submitted by Joakim A (16 months ago)
    1. Wint: The Scorpion...
    2. Mr. Kidd: Mother nature's finest killer, Mr. Wint
    3. Wint: One is never too old to learn from a master, Mr. Kidd.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (16 months ago)
    1. James Bond: Welcome to hell, Blofeld!
    – Submitted by Joakim A (16 months ago)
    1. Slumber: The stiff, ehm, the deceased back there... Your brother, Mr. Franks?
    2. James Bond: Yes, it was.
    3. Slumber: I got a brudder.
    4. James Bond: Small world.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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